Through the work of the Fijian government, local communities, and NGOs like Save the Children the clean up and rebuilding process is under way and in some places it is hard to see the effect of Winston. Yet the shimmering tarpaulins branded with donor agencies, missing roofs, scattered fallen trees and iron in the fields still reveal hints of the traumatic storm.
The Save the Children Fiji office is thriving in its emergency response. From 7 staff at the start of this year, the team has swelled to around 50 - including an International Team from Sweden, Pakistan, India, UK, Australia, Mongolia and Thailand. This team is working alongside amazing Fijian staff who are making the work a reality on the ground. I met several inspiring people around the island and was reminded that good development work is about supporting local communities to discover and deliver their own development. After Cyclone Winston ripped through the country, many communities were shocked and struggling to put their lives back together. Save the Children’s work enabled these people to work within their own communities to protect their children, get life back to normal and build back better.